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Got my Lion Back

 
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:50 AM
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Re: Got my Lion Back

Harper, you are right. Getting a cat to look good is one of the toughest. So many come out looking like Garfield the cartoon cat...


The Story, Well we hunt cats as soon as it opens right after elk season. I have a good friend with some awesome dogs. I use to run hounds and even competed years back in field trials. I would love to own a couple of his dogs, they will flat azz smoke a track, even one 15 to 20 hours old. So this was the first cat I killed and it was a male that weighed 145 lbs. The chase was in some pretty rough country, but a beautiful area. I shot it with my Weatherby 17 HMR. The HMR will do a great job but placement is very important. Stick one in the crease on a perfect broadside shot and they will expire pretty darn quickly. The bullet sends fragments into the heart. Pin hole entrance and no exits. I have taken 2 others since, one about 3 days ago and one last year. Yesterday morning I left to look for tracks at 4:00 am. My buddy had been out since 1:00 am. There was a large male track going through my yard. I mean right by the house. In fact he walked right past my garage doors about 2' from them. A local ranchers daughter shot this male after we ran the hair right off him and put him in a tree. Using my shoulder for a rest she put a slug from her 223 right where I told her. Gotta love the Montana gals, never under eximate this cute little blond gal. I have seen her rope and ride with the best of them and she can shoot too. She hiked right to the tree and closed the deal.

My wife was glad to hear we shot the window peeker. He weighed 152 lbs. I will post a few pics tonight. Gotta run we are after the lions again today and I need to get out and look for a track.

Jeff
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:34 AM
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That's a sweet mount and a great story
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:16 AM
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Nice tigger Jeff!
My cousin had one mounted in a similar fasion, he put it on his wall right at the front door so it was the first thing you saw walking in his house.
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:21 PM
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What did the taxidermist charge? (This is the only way for me to know "what's reasonable" when talking to taxidermists.)

Thanks!
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:48 PM
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What did the taxidermist charge? (This is the only way for me to know "what's reasonable" when talking to taxidermists.)

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Well, I know the guy well and he treats me good, but the going rate among the better guys around here is $3k including habitat. Also, I will warn that I have seen the workings of less expensive guys and there is a reason they charge less. I feel if it is worth mounting and a valued trophy it is worth a few hundred more.

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Old 12-10-2012, 01:49 PM
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Jeff,
Good looking mount, congratulations on the last one also. I'm sure there will be a story to follow.

Rick
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:32 PM
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Great lookin' cat! From the pics it certainly looks like it was done right. Congradulations.
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